Video Covering Disk Defrag – Part of our Fix Slow Computer tutorial found on https://www.pctechguide.com/how-to-fix-your-slow-computer
Transcription from Video:
Hi, this is Jacob with pctechguide.com, and this is Part 5 of our Why is my Computer Slow series. And in each one of these series we’re going through, we’re showing you just one little trick you can do to easily speed up your computer. If you haven’t watched the previous videos, I highly recommend you do. They’re going to be in the channel URL in the descriptions, and in the description there’s going to be a link there going to our YouTube channel for slow computers.
In there you’re going to list several different ways of why your computer might be slow and ways of speeding it up. In each series, we’re going through and showing you one quick trick that you can do to help speed up your computer. In this case, we’re going to take a look at defragging your computer. The reason why you want to defrag your computer is basically when you have a hard disk, you’re going to see that part of. . . let’s say, you open up a program. Well, that file saved here, it’s saved here, it’s saved all over on this drive. So it’s not in one location. So your disk actually has to go through different sections of that hard drive to pull it up.
So the access time of accessing that file can take longer because it’s all over the drive. And when you defrag, what you’re doing is you’re putting that file all in one location on the drive so it’s easier for your hard drive just to find it, locate it, open it right away. So that’s why you defrag your computer. It’s just a way of basically getting faster access time to files.
So to do this, we’re just going to hit the Windows Start button. In the run command , we’re just gonna type in Defrag, D-E-F-R-A-G. And up on top, we’re going to see the Defrag button. I’m just gonna go ahead and select it. So I selected Disk Defragmenter, just so we know. So right here, it says that it’s never be ran so I can go ahead and analyze the disk. It’s gonna tell me how jumbled, basically, all the data is.
So in this case, it’s saying, “Hey, my disk is 37% fragmented.” That’s not the worst that I’ve seen, but that’s not necessarily all that good either. Now, we can just go ahead and just say, “Okay, Defragment the disk.” You can also schedule this to be done once a week or so. Really, it doesn’t matter. I just do it once every three or four or five months. Depending upon the size of your hard drive, it can take quite a while to do.
The nice thing about this is you can still work as it’s going on. Now this process can take anywhere from 20 minutes to like six hours. Like I said, it just depends how defragmented and how big your hard drive is. It says that it’s 3% done right now and it’s been 3%. . . it took about, I’d say, right around 40 seconds for it to reach around 3% so it’s moving right along. But you’re not going to see the biggest boost in performance overall, but like we said before in previous videos, it all adds up.
So 3% boost here, 3% boost there. Chances are in one of these videos that we’re doing, we’re going to hit upon what is your bigger issue. When that happens, that’s when you’re going to notice the biggest performance boost like in the video we had before covering your startup menu.
So that’s it for this video. In the next video, we’re gonna be talking more about your browser usage and ways of speeding up your actual browsing online and what might be slowing it down. That’s it. I hope it helps, and if you liked the video, feel free and share it, like it, comment. It’s all appreciated. Thank you.